Asian Family Business Programme

Call Advisor: Debby Lim +65 6516 8342

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Duration: 3 Days

Next Run: 16 Nov - 18 Nov 2016 - Apply Now

Venue: Mochtar Riady Building, Lvl 5

Fees: SGD 4,990.00 (excl. GST) | 5,339.30 (incl. GST)


Secure the Success of Your Family Business Family Business

Family businesses in Asia face unique challenges in managing and growing the business, while nurturing family and stakeholder relationships. Differences in generations, ownership structures and business maturity require different strategies for sustainable growth.

This programme provides strategic frameworks that will help you assess your family firm's priorities and limitations. Guided by expert faculty, you will learn to design appropriate governance and ownership structures for your business, and develop a practical action plan. Through thought-provoking Asian case studies and sharing sessions with other Asian family leaders, you will have the opportunity to reflect on issues pertinent to succession, and exchange ideas on ways to position your business for success.


Dates and Fees

Dates Venue Fees Excl. GST (SGD) With GST (SGD) Registration
Dates 1
16 Nov - 18 Nov 2016 Mochtar Riady Building, Lvl 5, 15 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119245 4,990.00 5,339.30 Apply Now

Note: GST applies to individuals and Singapore registered companies.

Alumni / Early Payment / Team Enrolment Benefits

All NUS alumni and past participants of NUS Executive Education are entitled to 10% alumni savings on this programme.

Alternatively, you can enjoy savings if you pay early with Visa or MasterCard:
> 45 days before start of programme: 10% savings
> 30 days before start of programme: 5% savings

Team enrolment benefits are also available, please contact the programme advisor for details.

Application Deadline

  • Participants are strongly advised to apply at least 2 months in advance
  • Applications received after the deadline will be considered based on space availability
Sign Up for Two Programmes & Save

Enjoy significant savings of S$2,000 by combining the following courses with this programme:

Essential Law for Managers (ELMCOMBI2016)
Leading Transformational Change (LTCCOMBI2016)
Mergers & Acquisitions (MACOMBI2016)
Negotiations & Influence in Asia (NEGOCOMBI2016)
Strategic Marketing Management (SMMCOMBI2016)

Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to this information sheet for more details.

Core Focus

    • Advantages and constraints of family businesses
    • Growing family businesses across generations
    • Leadership and ownership transitions
    • Designing the governance structures of family businesses
    • Growing the business for the future

Key Benefits

  • Understand the unique advantages and issues of family control
  • Develop strategies for succession planning and preservation of wealth across generations
  • Design an effective Board of Directors
  • Gain fresh insights and perspectives from faculty, guest speakers and fellow participants

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

  • Family members with senior level responsibility for leading and managing their family-owned businesses
  • Board members of family-owned companies
  • Founders, successors or CEOs
  • Family members working in the company
  • Next generation family members
  • Non-family board members, CEOs or senior executives

Participants are encouraged to attend the programme with at least two members of the same family-owned business to enable members to learn together and implement changes more efficiently.

Past Participants

Participants by Region
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chairman
  • Deputy Managing Director
  • Director
  • Executive Chairman
  • Executive Director
  • Founder & CEO
  • General Manager
  • HR Director
  • Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • President Director
  • Professor & Cluster Chair


  • This programme forces us to assess whether the family and the business are prepared for succession. It provides a guideline on how family businesses can stand the test of time.

    Vuitton Pang, Malaysia
    Group General Manager – Finance
    Kilang Makanan Mamee Sdn Bhd

    Good updates to the issues facing many Asian families, and interesting discussions on the possible ways to preempt some of these issues. Good networking platform also for family business owners or next-gen owners.

    Teoh Oon Kiat, Singapore
    Goodhill Enterprise

  • The Asian Family Business Programme is an absolute necessity for leaders or supermen who are serious about continuity and succession. I am glad to have met many business family friends in the region.

    Daniel Chian, Malaysia
    Fairview Global

    Definitely worth attending as it brings more insight on running a family business.

    Edwin Tan, Malaysia
    Hatten Group Sdn Bhd

  • This is a very good course. It is the first course I have attended in a long time, and I realise the benefits of structured training and discussions.

    Scott Martin, Malaysia
    General Manager
    PT Pluit Cold Storage

    If you are among the next generation of your family business, do take this course.

    Lam Nguyen Yen Anh, Vietnam
    Deputy Managing Director
    Cho Ray – M&C Corporation


Programme Director


Marleen Dieleman

Associate Professor, Strategy & Policy

Associate Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO)

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Marleen is Associate Professor and Associate Director of CGIO at NUS Business School. She holds a PhD from Leiden University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, both in The Netherlands.

Marleen teaches corporate strategy and family business. Her research interests are in Southeast Asian family businesses, in particular Indonesia. She has published widely on these topics, including articles in academic journals, books, book chapters, cases and reports. Her work is featured regularly in international media such as the Financial Times and she is a frequent invited speaker. Marleen also teaches in various executive education programmes and has extensive consulting experience. She won the 2014 NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award. Marleen is an independent director of Mercator Lines (Singapore) Ltd, serves as advisor to BoardAgender, and is on the Singapore committee of Family Business Network Asia. She is married to Thorvald Kleve, and has two daughters, Maya and Vera.

Other Teaching Faculty


Chung Chi-Nien

Associate Professor, Strategy & Policy

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Chi-Nien is Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy & Policy at NUS Business School. He received his PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. His research interests centre around governance and strategies of firms in emerging economies, with a focus on family firms and business groups. His work has appeared in top management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organisation Science and Strategic Management Journal.

Chi-Nien serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Management and Organisation and Corporate Governance: An International Review. He is currently editing a special issue on family firms for Corporate Governance: An International Review. He also teaches in the Asia Pacific Executive MBA programme.


Success and Succession

  • Success and succession: A study of SGX-listed family firms
    by Marleen Dieleman, Jungwook Shim and Muhammad Ibrahim
    Did you know that over 60% of SGX listed firms in Singapore are family businesses? Do they have better returns? How do they plan for succession? What do these tell us about the economic trends of Singapore and Asia in general? Get these and more insights from the latest research study jointly conducted by the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) at NUS Business School and DBS.

Family firm governance in Singapore

  • Drawing a portrait of family firm governance in Singapore: A study of SGX-listed family firms
    by Marleen Dieleman, Yupana Wiwattanakantang and JungwookShim
    This study takes a first step in collecting and disseminating information on family firms listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The report presents detailed statistics on family firm importance, ownership structure, board structure and director profiles, with the aim of teasing out family governance practices.

Teaching cases on Asian family firms (Harvard Business Publishing)

  • Learn what issues the Wang Group faced when recruiting an outside CEO to run the family business
    by Marleen Dieleman and Jonathan Ho Wye Kit
    The Wang Group was created by Alfred Wang in Hong Kong after fleeing China during the turbulence that marked the beginning of the communist regime. The successful diversified trading business was subsequently taken over by second son Charles in 1995. Charles wished to create a more sustainable family business, tuned in to today's global trends. He hired an outside CEO to implement his vision. The 2008 global economic crisis however, caught the company halfway through the reorganisation and brought losses and the departure of the newly hired CEO. Charles had no other option than to again take up the top job and reconsider the path towards a sustainable future for the family firm.
  • Other cases studies authored/co-authored by Marleen Dieleman

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